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URPP Global Change and Biodiversity

URPP GCB Seminar

URPP GCB Seminars focused on a variety of topics related to global change, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Topics of the seminars were necessarily broad due to the interdisciplinary character of the GCB programme. External speakers of international renown in their research fields are invited to these events. The scope of the seminars is to broaden horizons in research, to foster collaboration between academics of different disciplines and to strengthen links between research and policy. Since 2019 the seminar series has been integrated into the resepective departments of the URPP GCB members to broaden the reach of the URPP GCB:

Speaker Title Date Location Affiliation
Emily A. Poppenborg Martin Harnessing functional agrobiodiversity to build ecosystem services in crops
10 September 2019; 12:00pm - 1:00pm University Zurich-Irchel Room University of Wuerzburg | JMU, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoology III), Germany
Marty Anderies Robust Governance for Global Change: Tools for Navigating Uncertainty in the Anthropocene
26 March 2019; 12:00pm - 1:00pm 34-J-01, University Zurich-Irchel Room School Of Human Evolution And Social Change, Arizona State University , U.S.A.
Stephanie Pau Feeling the Heat: Climate Change Impacts on the Phenology and Productivity of a Panamanian Tropical Forest
22 November, 2018; 12:00pm - 1:00pm University Zurich-Irchel Room 34-J-02 Department of Geography, Florida State University, U.S.A.
Yasuhiro Sato Neighbor effects enhance anti-herbivore defense in Arabidopsis
09 August, 2018; 10:30am - 11:30am University Zurich-Irchel Room Y34-J-01 JST PRESTO/Ryukoku University, Japan
Emma Sayer From micro to macro - microbial processes & forest ecosystem function
06 July, 2018; 14:00pm - 15:00pm University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25-H-92 Environment Centre, Lancaster University, U.K
Jens-Christian Svenning Paleoclimate supplements contemporary environment in driving plant functional diversity and vegetation-related ecosystem structure across broad spatial scales
17 May, 2018; 15:00pm - 16:00pm University Zurich-Irchel Room Y15-G-40 Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity, Aarhus University, Denmark
Rogier De Jong and Claudia Röösli Introduction to the ESA GlobDiversity project - informing terrestrial Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) using remote sensing
23 November, 2017; 12:30pm - 1:30pm University Zurich-Irchel Room Y34-J-02 ESA GlobDiversity project
Marc Schmid Genetic and Epigenetic Diversity: From Model Organisms to Field Experiments
8 June, 2017; 12:00pm - 1:00pm University Zurich-Irchel Room Y34-J-01 Community History and Ecosystem Functioning, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH; Zurich, Switzerland
Catherine Graham Linking patterns and processes across scales: a case study with Neotropical hummingbirds. Abstract 1 June, 2017; 12:00pm - 1:00pm University Zurich-Irchel Room Y34-J-01 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL; Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Christian Rossi A plant functional diversity approach in a regional ecosystem service assessment of grasslands. Abstract 18 May, 2017; 12:00pm - 1:00pm University Zurich-Irchel Room Y34-J-01 Community Ecology Plant-Animal Interactions, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL; Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Prof. Yusuke Onoda Light competition and coexistence of trees in natural forests. Abstract 7 April, 2017; 12:00pm - 1:00pm University Zurich-Irchel Room Y34-J-02 Division of Environmental Science and Technology Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University Oiwake, Kitashirakawa, Kyoto
Prof. Dr. Paul Leadley Research, Observation, Assessment and Policy: the four pillars of the science-policy interface. Abstract 26 January, 2017; 12:30pm - 1:30pm University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25-H-38 University Paris-Sud, Ecology, Systematics and Evolution Laboratory (ESE)bioDISCOVERY
Dr. Karen Chong-Seng Coral Reef Monitoring at Aldabra Atoll Abstract May 06, 2016  12:15pm - 1:15pm         University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25-H-79 ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University Townsville; Queensland, Australia
Dr. Mizue Ohashi,
Dr. Tomonori Kume, Dr. Kazuho Matsumoto and Dr. Ayumi Katayama
Carbon and water dynamics in a tropical rainforest: carbon balance, carbon allocation, soil respiration and evapo-transpiration Abstract 26 April 2016  10:00am - 11:00am         University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25-H-38 Mizue Ohashi Tomonori Kume Kazuho Matsumoto Ayumi Katayama
Dr. Meredith C. Schuman The smell of spacetime? Plant volatiles in four dimensions. Abstract March 04, 2016  1:30pm - 2:30pm         University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25-H-79 iDiv-MPICE-Biodiversity project group, Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Glen Reynolds The SE Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP) - exceptional science for rainforest conservation Abstract December 16, 2015  2:00pm - 2:45pm         University Zurich-Irchel Room Y17-M-05 The South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership
Prof. Dr. Monika Winder Effects of climate change on aquatic food web dynamic Abstract November 19, 2015  3:00pm-4:00pm         University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25-H-38 The Winder Lab, Department of Ecology, Environmnent and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University
Dr. Janneke Hille Ris Lambers Forest community reassembly with climate change Abstract November 12, 2015  3:00pm-4:00pm         University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25-H-92 The Hille Ris Lambers Lab, Energy Research at the University of Washington
Prof. Dr. Kai M.A. Chan Time for a new brand of environmental science engagement Abstract December 3, 2014  3.30pm-4.30pm         University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25H92 Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Prof. Dr. Noboru Ishikawa Human-Nature interactions of the riverine societies in Sarawak (Malaysia) Abstract October 20, 2014 2pm-3.15pm University of Zurich-Irchel Room Y10G03/04 Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University 
Prof. Dr. Ryoji Soda Thirty years of forest development and the responses of indigenous people in Sarawak Abstract October 20, 2014 2pm-3.15pm University of Zurich-Irchel Room Y10G03/04 Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences, Osaka City University
Dr. Yayoi Takeuchi Biodiversity reservoirs in a human-modified landscape Abstract October 20, 2014 2pm-3.15pm University of Zurich-Irchel Room Y10G03/04 National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
Prof. Dr. Paul C. Stoy Interpreting processes by observing patterns Data-intensive strategies for understanding the role of ecosystems in the climate system Abstract October, 16, 2014 3pm-4pm University of Zurich-Irchel Room Y03G85 Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University
Dr. Kate A. Brauman Hydrological Ecosystem Services: Managing Landscapes for Water, Nature and People Abstract March 17, 2014  3pm-4pm  University Zurich-Irchel Room Y25H79   Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
Prof. F Stuart (Terry) Chapin, III The Ecosystem and Societal Consequences of Northern Biodiversity Loss in a Rapidly Changing World Abstract September 18, 2013  3pm-4pm  University Zurich-Irchel Room Y15G19   University of Alaska Fairbanks
Prof. Dr. Ilan Chabay Thinking across boundaries: notes on transdisciplinary global change research Abstract September 13, 2013 URPP GCB Retreat 2013, Einsiedeln Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
Prof. Dr. Francesca Cotrufo From plant litter inputs to soil organic matter formation: through the eyes of isotopes August 26, 2013, 9am-10am University Zurich-irchel Y25H92 Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
Prof. Dr. Anatoly Gitelson Physically based Models for Remote Estimation of Terrestrial and Acquatic (costal and inland waters) Ecosystem Production May 30, 2013, 3pm-5pm University Zurich-Irchel Y25H92 School of Natural Resources University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA
Prof. Dr. Margaret Torn Meet the URPP GCB advisory board member Margaret Torn Abstract April 15, 2013, 9am-10am University Zurich-Irchel Y25H38

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.C. Berkeley

Prof. Dr. Lars Hein  An ecosystem service approach to land and resource management April 11, 2013, 3pm-5pm University Zurich-Irchel Y25H92 Environmental System Analysis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Ülo Niimets Within-canopy variation in foliage functional traits: from local to global patterns February 21, 2013, 3pm-5pm Y25H92 Institute of Agricultural and Einvironmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia
Prof. Dr. Rik Leemans Valuing ecosystem services for human well-being and sustainability Abstract March 15, 2012 University Zurich-Irchel Y03G95 Wageningen University         


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